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Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry Major (B.A.)
Chemistry Minor
Secondary Teacher Certification (minor only)

Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D.
Steven Scribner, Ph.D.
Jennifer Tsui, Ph.D.
Sally Welch, Ph.D.
Li-hsuan Yang, Ph.D.

Chemistry Overview


As a chemistry student, you will have a wide variety of excellent career opportunities available to you: from teaching at the middle or secondary levels to chemical industry to government work. Chemistry majors also often pursue advanced work in graduate schools. A chemistry background is also valuable to you if you major in the health science (nutrition, clinical chemistry industrial hygiene) and as you prepare for professional training in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.


Clinical or Analytical Chemist • Dentist • Educator • Engineer • Environmental Chemist • Material Scientist • Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemist • Physician  • Physician Assistant • Research Scientist


Are you curious? Do you like to explore problems? Do scientific questions fascinate you? Do you enjoy working in a laboratory? Do you want to better understand matter, molecules, atoms, and how they react? If so, you will be interested in a chemistry major or minor.

The Chemistry Program has three major goals: (1) to provide a strong chemistry major within a liberal arts framework for those entering the profession of chemistry or preparing for graduate work; (2) to provide cognate backgrounds in chemistry for biology majors, pre-medical and dental students, medical technologists, dietitians, science educators and others who may require chemistry; (3) to provide non-science majors with sufficient background to understand advances in technology, environmental implications of new laws, drug problems and health advances.


The Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry is designed for both students who want a career as a professional chemist and for occupations that require a moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas. For example, students who desire chemistry as a major in programs of pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, pre-law, or teaching chemistry in high school. Other examples are students planning prospective careers in sales or technical service, as technical editor, writers, or secretaries, or as technical librarians, chemical patent lawyers, or forensic scientists.

The Chemistry minor provides you with the skills and theory needed for an entry-level position as a chemical technician. It will prepare you to teach at the secondary level.


Program Scheduling

The B.A. in Chemistry program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:

The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines.  However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning

Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies.  Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard

Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Chemistry major or minor.

Computer Literacy Requirement

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

Writing Intensive Requirement

All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course. 

Senior Seminar Requirement

Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.A. in Chemistry

Internship/Cooperative Education

It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate.  Students may receive elective credit for an internship through CHM 388, CHM 488, and/or CHM 491.

Sigma Zeta National Honor Society

Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926.  Today, more than sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States.  The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics.  Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.


Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The awards are the American Chemistry Society for outstanding chemistry major, the Chemical Rubber Company Award for the highest achieving GPA in General Chemistry I/II, and Outstanding Graduating Science  Major.  Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship.  This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry Major (B.A.)

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree with chemistry major are a minimum of 37 credit hours in chemistry and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

       See page 48.

B. Required Core Courses

CHM 140       General Chemistry I: Atoms and molecules
CHM 241       General Chemistry II: Equilibrium
CHM 325       Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Nomenclature
CHM 326       Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms
CHM 341       Physical Chemistry
CHM 360       Biochemistry
CHM 401       Inorganic Chemistry
ISC 312        Junior Seminar
ISC 496A      Science Senior Seminar: Library Research
ISC 496B      Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research

In addition, you must select a minimum of three credit hours from any of the following:

CHM 252       Intermediate Analytical Chemistry
CHM 350       Environmental Chemistry
CHM 390       Laboratory Analysis
CHM 410       Special Topics

C. Related Discipline Requirements

BIO 150              Biology I: From  Molecules to Cells
MTH 251       Calculus I
PHY 252        College Physics I
PHY 253        College Physics II


Chemistry Minor


The chemistry minor requires completion of a minimum of

20 credits of the following components:

A. Required Courses

CHM 140       General Chemistry I: Atoms and molecules
CHM 241       General Chemistry II: Equilibrium
CHM 325       Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Nomenclature
CHM 326       Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms

In addition, you must select at least one course from any of the following chemistry courses: CHM 252, CHM 341, CHM 360, CHM 390 



Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHM 130 Chemical Science 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100; ENG 107; LS 105; Fee: yes. Term: Fall, Winter; General Education option

A descriptive and mathematical look at chemistry for the non-scientist. Conceptual development and problem solving are emphasized. Introduction to concepts of chemistry, language and theories for general and organic chemistry. Study of atomic theory, acid-base theories, mole concept and biological molecules. Laboratory included.

CHM 140 General Chemistry I: Atoms and Molecules 4 hours
Co-requisites: MTH 105; Term: Fall; Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only

Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Includes the nature of matter, periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, ideal gases, and acid-base chemistry. Laboratory included.

CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 130; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

Brief survey of organic and biological chemistry, emphasizing applications to human physiology.  CHM 230 may not be used for major or minor credit in chemistry, biology, or forensic science.  Laboratory included.

CHM 241    General Chemistry II: Equilibrium 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 140; Term: Winter; Fee: yes.

Chemical thermodynamics; kinetics; equilibria; electrochemistry, redox reactions; nuclear chemistry; selected properties of the elements. Laboratory included.

CHM 252  Intermediate Analytical Chemistry 4 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 241; Fee: yes. Term: Winter: Offered alternate years

A study of the chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds, the application of multistep equilibria, oxidation-reduction, and separation techniques in chemical analysis.  Emphasis on classical methods of gravimetric and titrimetric analysis. Laboratory included.

CHM 325    Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Nomenclature 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.

This course begins the systematic study of the chemistry of carbon compounds—nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, predictions and trends, and introduction to synthesis. Laboratory included.

CHM 326  Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 325; Term: Winter; Fee: yes.

Topics include functional group transformations, multistep synthesis, mechanisms, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic substitution, and carbonyl chemistry. Laboratory included.

CHM 341       Physical Chemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150; CHM 241; MTH 252; PHY 252; Fee: yes. Term: Winter; Offered alternate years

Presentation of physical chemistry topics: thermodynamics, solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, transport processes, and structure with biological applications. Laboratory included.

CHM 350       Environmental Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 325; Term: Fall. Offered alternate years Cross-listed with ENV 350

Introduces students to environmental chemistry, the branch of chemistry dealing with the origins, transport, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, air, soil and living environments. 

CHM 360    Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 140, CHM 325, Term: Fall; Fee: yes. Offered alternate years; Cross-listed with BIO 360

Biochemistry 360 is an advanced-level course for students majoring in chemistry or biology. This course provides an overview of fundamental concepts in biochemistry which focuses upon the major macromolecules and chemi­cal properties of living systems. Topics include the structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; the physical properties of water, pH, and buffers; enzyme kinetics and regulation. The principles of bioenergetics and the integration of metabolic control will be developed. Laboratory included.

CHM 388    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, chemistry major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

CHM 390    Laboratory Analysis 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241; Term Winter. Fee: yes. Offered alternate years

Theory and practical application of instruments as applied to physiochemical and analytical methods.

Laboratory included.

CHM 401    Inorganic Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 325; Term: Fall. Offered alternate years

Study of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, atomic and molecular structure, ionic and covalent bonding, coordination compounds, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, organometallic compounds, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics.

CHM 410  Special Topics in Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 326; Junior Status in major. Term: TBA.

Advanced study of modern synthetic reactions, including mechanisms and theoretical perspectives. Includes use of modern spectroscopic methods.

CHM 488    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, chemistry major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

CHM 491  Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; chemistry major or minor; junior status; Term: TBA

Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 312  Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter;

Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS.  Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work.  In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports.  The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one.  A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity.  This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 496A   Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter;

This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project.  Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B.  Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B   Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member.  The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

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